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Expert urges judges to resist state 'tyranny'

04 February 2016, 21:35

Abuja - A local political analyst has urged judges to emulate their colleagues in the Supreme Court for defying intimidation by the executive arm of government and enhancing ensuring the independence of the judiciary.

Jude Ndukwe, the analyst, shared these sentiments after the Supreme Court rulings on some governorship elections whose outcome the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was contesting.

The courts have ruled in favour of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

This, according to the analyst, came amid the fight against corruption as the executive has continually disparaged the judiciary by making it look like an incurable corrupt institution militating against the success of the anti-corruption crusade.

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Ndukwe opined this had led to the intimidation of judges who now felt harassed and obligated to give judgements not based on facts before them but in “obeisance to the whimsical wishes” of President Muhammadu Buhari and his APC party.

“Having shown signs of weakness and fear, security agents are emboldened to treat court decisions with contempt and ride rough shod on the judiciary. Such a pitiful situation,” said Ndukwe.

“However, one is glad that Justices of the Supreme Court have shown with recent judgements that such tactics by the executive and the APC do not affect them in any way. For all the political cases which were delivered in favour of the APC in error at the lower courts, the Supreme Court has upturned them and delivered justice fairly and firmly irrespective of whose ox is gored.”

Ndukwe said in Abia, Akwa Ibom, Delta and Rivers, the Supreme Court had validated the people’s will against the “show of might” and “run of propaganda” by the executive.

“With these judgements, the tyranny of the executive has been neutralised to an extent. We now urge all judges at all levels to emulate the example set by their Lordships at the Supreme Court and ensure that justice is dispensed to all parties at all times, fairly and firmly, without fear or favour.” 



- CAJ News


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